A bit of an outlier at the time of its arrival over 20 years into his career, In the Shape of a Storm marks a few firsts for singer/songwriter Damien Jurado. For one, it's his first album to be recorded following a move to Los Angeles after four-and-a-half decades in his hometown of Seattle. The result of a two-hour recording session using only Jurado's voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional additional guitar by Josh Gordon, it's his sparest album...Read more
There's always a tendency, with bands that possess back catalogues as stacked as The Chemical Brothers, to exist on festival headline slots and half-baked new material every couple of years. And who could blame them? Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons could be seen as guilty of that themselves over the last decade, but on 'No Geography' they punch their way back into the present day with a revelation of a record. The tone - pedal to the metal, hard as fuck,...Read more
The Noisemakers, Bruce Hornsby's regular backing band since 2002, aren't credited on 2019's Absolute Zero, which should be an indication that the album is a bit of a departure from the other records he's made during the 21st century. While the Noisemakers haven't avoided adventure, Absolute Zero feels as if it was made without any regard to boundaries, either in terms of style or approach. Such fearlessness is evident from the outset, when the record...Read more
The opening track on 2019's This Wild Willing, "I'll Be You, Be Me," begins with a fuzzy rhythm track and a bass patiently thumping over a clanky rhythm machine as Glen Hansard delivers his lyrics in an ominous murmur. Four minutes later it snowballs into a massive tower of cacophony with guitars, keyboards, and strings united in a howling frenzy of sonic force. It's a powerful way to start an album, and while it's easily the set's boldest departure...Read more
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